TEASER TUESDAYS — ATONEMENT — JAN. 31

Welcome to another bookish celebration of Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

To join in, here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Today I’m reading Atonement, by Ian McEwan, a story of emotional intensity, misunderstandings, and secrets.

The novel opens on a sweltering summer day in 1935 at the Tallis family’s mansion in the Surrey countryside. Thirteen-year-old Briony has written a play in honor of the visit of her adored older brother Leon; other guests include her three young cousins — refugees from their parent’s marital breakup — Leon’s friend Paul Marshall, the manufacturer of a chocolate bar called “Amo” that soldiers will be able to carry into war, and Robbie Turner, the son of the family charlady whose brilliantly successful college career has been funded by Mr. Tallis. Jack Tallis is absent from the gathering; he spends most of his time in London at the War Ministry and with his mistress. His wife Emily is a semi-invalid, nursing chronic migraine headaches. Their elder daughter Cecilia is also present; she has just graduated from Cambridge and is at home for the summer, restless and yearning for her life to really begin. Rehearsals for Briony’s play aren’t going well; her cousin Lola has stolen the starring role, the twin boys can’t speak the lines properly, and Briony suddenly realizes that her destiny is to be a novelist, not a dramatist.

In the midst of the long hot afternoon, Briony happens to be watching from a window when Cecilia strips off her clothes and plunges into the fountain on the lawn as Robbie looks on. Later that evening, Briony thinks she sees Robbie attacking Cecilia in the library, she reads a note meant for Cecilia, her cousin Lola is sexually assaulted, and she makes an accusation that she will repent for the rest of her life….

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Teaser:  Reading these letters at the end of an exhausting day, Briony felt a dreamy nostalgia, a vague yearning for a long-lost life.  She could hardly feel sorry for herself.  She was the one who had cut herself off from home.  p. 263

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So far, the story has evoked all kinds of emotions, and I have very intense reactions to the characters, especially one or two of them.

What are you sharing today?  I hope you’ll stop by with your links….

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50 responses to “TEASER TUESDAYS — ATONEMENT — JAN. 31

  1. Interesting! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!

    Book Addict

  2. I loved this movie, but haven’t read the book.

  3. Very interesting teaser! I loved the movie, but will have to check out the book.

  4. Sounds interesting, thanks for sharing, too :)

    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  5. Haven’t read the book, but the movie sure looks good. My post: Chasing Fire

  6. This was a great book only one by Ian McEwan I’ve read. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my teaser.

  7. I have read a lot about this one. Good choice. Love the photo and the quote in your header.

  8. I love the sounds of this one. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I watched the film. Maybe I should read this really since I’m a fan of the English countryside, the reason why I bought the DVD in the first place. Love your Shirley MacLaine quote. Here’s mine: http://www.stasiadesiderata.com/2012/01/31/my-sin-was-winning/

    • I’m a big fan of the movie…nothing shows the countryside better than film. But there is a special something in the written word, too. I like to do both…books and movies.

      Thanks for stopping by, Hazel. I love the MacLaine quote, too.

  10. I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but I think I’ll read the book first. You chose a great teaser.
    Mine is much lighter: Sandy’s Teaser

  11. This one was hard for me…I had seen the movie, then read the book, and both times I really disliked Briony. I think it’s the eldest sister in me rebelling against her, knowing that I have sisters that have likewise said things they didn’t understand. And it’s such a sad story!

    Thanks for visiting my teaser :)

    • I really dislike Briony, too, Crystal. I thought that I might feel more kindly to her when reading the book…no, not so much. What I also disliked was how quickly the adults believed her, even encouraging her….

      Thanks for stopping by.

  12. The plot sounds like a good one. I should read the book too.

  13. I’ve heard this one is very good. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  14. That’s a wonderful teaser. It does provoke some intense emotions.

  15. Interesting teaser. I do like the emotions. It sounds more intense than I usually like in a book though. I hope you are enjoying it. Happy reading!

  16. How sad! My teaser comes from a collection of poetry and short stories by L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables.

  17. I’ve never seen the film, but this teaser is interesting. I may have to pick up the book!

    If you’d like, you can check out my teaser here.

  18. This is a book I keep meaning to read. One day I’ll get to it I’m sure. I’ve got two teasers this week. You can find them here.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  19. I really like Atonement. I can’t wait to read your final thoughts on the book. Great teaser too. Thanks for stopping by to see my TT.

  20. wcs53

    Good teaser. I saw, and enjoyed, the movie, but I’d probably enjoy the book more! Enjoy your reading.

    My TT post is here: http://wcs53.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/teaser-tuesdays-jan-31/

  21. Thanks for visiting my blog. I really loved this movie, but I haven’t read the book yet. I don’t know if I could handle it! Thanks for sharing.
    Waiting For Wentworth

    • The author’s tone felt “matter-of-fact,” and almost as if he were observing the characters from afar. Maybe the “distancing” helps a bit with the emotional overload.

      Thanks for stopping by, Sandra.

  22. Great teaser. I haven’t read this book, but I watched the movie. Talk about a tear jerker! And that ending? Enjoy!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  23. Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    “She was the one who had cut herself off from home.”

    Even the thought of doing so scares me!

  24. Sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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